Some places are simply marvels of the power of human ingenuity, perseverance, and engineering. These are the monuments that you can stare at with awe. These places let you know that humanity can overcome even the most difficult obstacles, once minds are set to accomplishing the goal. It’s simply mind-boggling to look at these wonders, proof that mind can certainly triumph over matter.
The Pyramids of Giza
Located at the west bank of the Nile River, the Pyramids of Giza are defiant, symmetrical monster structures that rise up out of the sea of sand all around them. The Great Pyramid, which is probably the oldest of the grouping, is the last Ancient Wonder of the World that is still standing. And if you think they are impressive now, imagine how they would have been at the apex of their beauty, encased in limestone plates. The real mystery, though, is how the Egyptians actually built them, as it would have required mastery over many scientific and construction disciplines, and to have the project laid out as practically a multi-generational goal. Think of them as among the grandest public works projects ever made in the ancient world.
The Taj Mahal
Built by the Emperor Shah Jahan to commemorate his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died trying to give birth to their child in 1631, the Taj Mahal has become a symbol of romantic love. Located by the Yamuna River, this remarkable edifice is visited by three million or so visitors a year – and unfortunately, the site did deteriorate over time. Thankfully, restoration efforts are being done, and the plans include the restoration of the original hardens in full. Access is now given through timed tickets.
Fourteen miles long and seven miles wide, Easter Island was, until recently, a mystery in terms of history. It’s now known that the creation of the famous megalithic statues probably contributed the how barren the island is today, as many of the island’s resources were used for the creation and transportation of the large stone statues to various parts of the island.
But even then, many mysteries remain. How did 10 or 12 tribal groups work in unity to move each statue, given that each statue was around thirteen feet tall and weighed about fourteen tons? And why make them at all? Although some researchers say that these statues represented ancestral tribal chiefs, the excessive production of these statues – nearly 1,000 statues – stripped the island of many of its natural and renewable resources. Still, the sight of a line of these statues looking out to sea is still breathtaking.
The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is a 4,500-mile long network of walls that served to define the border of ancient China. But the truth is, it isn’t just one Great Wall. It’s a network of many walls, some of which date back to the 7th century. Other parts of the Great Wall, on the other hand, have been built as recently as the 17th Century. In all one great way to appreciate the Wall is to go to one of the tourist-accessible segments, and walk a little, to appreciate just how big this construction project was.
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Most of the time, when people think of life insurance they think of something that is designed to give money to the family of the policy holder after they die. This can be a reassuring idea for those who are the main breadwinners or sole providers for their spouse and children, because they know that should anything happen to them there will be a replacement for that income to prevent them from getting into immediate financial difficulties.
But Nobody Depends On Me!
However, there are plenty of people who this doesn’t apply to. If you are single and don’t have children, are in a childless couple and your spouse has a perfectly good income of their own, or your children have grown up and don’t depend on you financially you may wonder if there is any benefit to life insurance for you at all – after all it does mean paying out money each month that you’ll literally never see again in your lifetime! If you have a lot of savings and assets you plan to pass on to your heirs when you die, you may also think that life insurance is unnecessary because they’ll be getting those instead (subject to taxes!).
There are a few reasons why a life insurance policy may still be worth having, even if there is nobody who stands to be put into significant financial hardship when you die:
Some Expenses You May Leave Behind
Like everything these days, death can be expensive. When you die, somebody will have to take care of your funeral costs and the admin that comes with dividing up your estate. In certain circumstances, you may die with outstanding medical bills that will need to be paid if they’re not covered by an existing health insurance policy, and you may also die leaving behind debts and financial commitments that don’t simply “go away” just because you’ve died.
How Much Do You Need?
While the costs associated with all of this will vary, in most cases it isn’t going to be a huge amount to cover your funeral and any legal costs. But, it is still best to arrange for it by getting a life insurance policy with an appropriate pay out allocated to whoever you think would take care of your death expenses – this could be your spouse, or even a parent or sibling depending on your age. If you have any debts to consider as well, then a life insurance plan that will leave behind enough to pay these off will mean you don’t inadvertently saddle your next of kin with a huge debt.
Consider Changing Circumstances
It may be worth considering that situations in your life may change during the duration of your life insurance policy. If you become seriously ill, you may find it hard to get an affordable policy at that time, and you may regret not having had one in place. Insurance is all about preparing for what might happen, so the best time to start thinking about something like a term life insurance policy can often be when you need it least!
Today’s guest post is contributed by Ivan Thomas. He is a life insurance agent by profession. In his opinion, having a policy cover for oneself is of paramount importance and does his bit to inform people about its importance via his articles.
Russell Simmons, who is known for his charity work, celebrated his 12th annual Art For Life Benefit in East Hampton, New York this year (2011). Russell Simmons founded this Benefit with his brother Danny Simmons. Special guests included talented singers Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson. Among other celebrities there were Jessica White, LaLa Vazquez, Kevin Liles, Taraji P. Henson or Edward Norton. This charity is specially tailored to support and reach youth people in New York City with art.
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